Paste Magazine Pick for Best New YA Books of June 2022
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
“An unputdownable, clever, modern fantasy!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff
"Alyson Noel is the queen of the supernatural romance thriller, and her latest is a can’t-miss read—it’s a Da Vinci Code meets Riverdale page-turner!" —#1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz
“Addictive, dangerous, sexy, and magical, I couldn’t turn the page fast enough! Alyson Noël is a mad genius.” —Mary Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles
“A sizzling story of opulent adventure, forbidden love, and impossible choices, Stealing Infinity is unputdownable.” —New York Times bestselling author Kristin Harmel
“Stealing Infinity is a brilliantly conceived time-travel adventure full of twists and turns, with a romance that had me hooked. A must-read!” —Alexandra Monir, international bestselling author of The Final Six
These days, I’ve been killing it when it comes to letting people down. Now I’ve been kicked out of high school, arrested, and accepted into a remote, off-the-grid school owned and operated by an inscrutable billionaire tech guru.
Gray Wolf Academy is looking for a certain kind of student. Ones that no one will miss. Like me.
Then there’s Braxton. The beautiful, oddly anachronistic guy who showed up right when the trouble started. And he’s a total enigma—which means that I definitely can’t trust him, even if there’s something about him that makes me want to.
They all tell me I have a gift. A very rare gift. And Gray Wolf Academy wants me to learn it. To use it. Because if what they say is true, I have all the time in the world.
And that makes me the most dangerous high school student you’ll never know…
The Stealing Infinity series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Stealing Infinity
Book #2 Ruling Destiny
After being expelled from school for a crime she didn't commit, 17-year-old Natasha Clarke is recruited by alluring, enigmatic stranger Braxton to attend Gray Wolf Academy, an isolated, elite boarding school founded by reclusive tech trillionaire Arthur Blackstone. Hesitant, but with no other prospects, she decides to trust Braxton and accompanies him to the academy. There, she's surrounded by opulence and luxury unlike anything she's ever experienced, and uncovers the school's secret initiative to train students in the art of time travel, preparing them to not only combat whatever challenges their trips may bring, but to return from each operation with stolen treasures and artifacts. Natacha flourishes at Gray Wolf, excelling in her studies and slowly developing feelings for Braxton. But when her first trip—an excursion to 18th-century France—reveals Blackstone's true agenda for training time-traveling thieves, she is set down a dangerous path. Noël (Field Guide to the Supernatural Universe) delicately conjures cutting-edge time-traveling technology, combining it with ancient numerology and mysticism to deliver a meandering series opener couched in wish-fulfilling drama, romance, and adventure. Characters cue as white. Ages 14–up.
No Character Development
This was suuuch a cool idea! The history, the clues, the love triangle! But it really fell short in my opinion. There was a lot of repetitive paragraphs and internal monologues. The main character is never given substance or autonomy really. The relationships are surface level. From the first page of the first book and well into the second book Natasha never changes as a person or grows. I would’ve loved more character development.
Primarily a Romance Novel
I felt a bit duped during and after reading this series. Descriptions make it sound like a sci-fi series about time travel and betrayal. It’s really more about teen romance with some short time travel events on the side.
The bigger problem I have with these books is how much they lack in story. This book hardly goes anywhere. It’s just a book full of secrets being identified but none ever being revealed. The second book is more of the same until the last 40 pages where secrets are sloppily uncovered and the majority of them go unanswered. Plus, the main secrets are so blatantly foreshadowed to the reader that you’re not even really surprised at the end.
All-in-all, it’s the most glaring example of a YA romance novel and the plot severely lacks as a result.